Early Gothic/Grotesque lowercases (Late 19th - Early 20th Century)

hashiama's picture

I saw this specimen of Gothic Light Face and I'd like try my hand at (re)constructing the lowercase, I'm aware that many of these early gothics didn't have a lowercase counterpart, however, looking at the Gothic Special it seems I could derive an understanding of how the lowercase might've been intended for the Light Face. My intention isn't strictly about revival – maybe a re-interpretation?

What other sources I could look at to understand how a lowercase could be constructed for this kind of gothic? (19th Century American gothic?.

Any help appreciated!

blank's picture

Take a look at type specimen books of that era. There are plenty of them on Google Books and Archive.org. The 1912 ATF specimen book is a good start and if you have time try books from Barhart Brothers and Spindler and The Inland Type Foundry. BB&S has some of the richer books due to them flagrantly ripping off everyone else (flagrantly even for that era!).

hashiama's picture

Great thanks for these, I'm getting an idea of how they might be... however I think I'd rather move away from that direction!

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